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donald trump goes on the road to thank his supporters, giving his first extended speech since the election in hopes of uniting america. will he? the victims of this week's deadly plane crash in colombia prepare to make their final journey home. and the struggle to put out the toxic fire lit by isis at an oil well. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. you are watching cnn news room live from atlanta. i'm natalie allen. ♪ u.s. president-elect donald trump is on his post election
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thank you tour. he kicked it off thursday night in ohio. trump's victory rally sounded a lot like his campaign stops. he had all of the familiar rhetoric while promising to unite the country after such a d divisive election. >> we condemn bigotry and prejudice in all of its forms. we denounce all of the hatred and we forcefully reject the language of exclusion and separation. we're going to come together. we have no choice, we have to, and it is better. it is better. >> trump also did not stray from controversy. do you agree with my stance that if people burn the american flag there should be consequences, right? although we did have a lot of fun fighting hillary, didn't we? right?
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[ cheers and applause ] >> got the crowd chanting lock her up once again. trump also confirmed he wants retired marine jens mattis as defense secretary. he needs a congressional waiver to be confirmed and some on capitol hill already plan to say no. jim acosta has more on trump's victory lap including the push back on the deal he cut to keep some jobs from heading to mexico. >> reporter: after an election that divided the nation and weeks into a sometimes messy transition, donald trump ran the feel good victory lap he's been seeking. >> these companies aren't going to be leaving anymore. they're not going to be taking people's hearts out. >> reporter: trump toured the carrier factory in indiana he railed against in the campaign when the plant announced they were shipping jobs to mexico, a move he vowed to block. and you know what's going to happen? they're not going to move. >> reporter: now under a deal
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brokered, carrier is receiving $7 million in state tax breaks over 10 years, saving 1,000 jobs at the factory, but still allowing 600 positions to head south of the border. >> the good will that you have engendered by doing this all over the world, frankly, but within our country, you watch how fast you're going to make it up because so many people are going to be buying carrier air conditioners. >> reporter: while his aides are touting the carrier agreement as a big win, it is the kind of deal that trump once blasted. >> we're going to give them a little here, give them low interest loans. you don't have to do any of that. too complicated, too much corruption involved or could be involved. >> reporter: vermont senator bernie sanders warned of unintended consequences. writing in an op-ed he endangered other jobs that were previously safe. house speaker paul ryan asked
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why the fuss? >> i'm pretty happy we're keeping jobs in america, aren't you? >> reporter: trump is busy making other moves, scheduling a meeting with north dakota democratic senator highcamp. a transition source says she is under consideration for energy secretary which would throw her senate seat into a secretary election, potential pick up for republicans. all of it a mystery the senator says. >> i have no idea, honestly. you notice as much as i know. >> reporter: one key democrat, senator elizabeth warren cautioned he's not ready to work with trump given what she has seen so far. >> if donald trump wants to run an administration based on bigotry and he wants to follow through on trickle down economics, run an economy that only works for those at the top and doesn't work for anyone else, then i can't help on that. >> joining me to discuss all of this is larry sabato, director of the center for politics at the university of virginia. hi there, larry. thank you for being with us. thank you. >> donald trump is on his thank you tour, sounding a lot like his campaign rallies but at the
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same time also trying to sound a tone of unity and say he can bring the country together. what was your take on his rally? >> well, there were a lot of contradictory messages. this was either the last speech of the concluded 2016 campaign or it was the first speech of his 2020 reelection campaign. there were certainly parts of it that were unifying, but there were also parts that were terribly divisive. certainly his followers at various points continued to shout, lock her up. her, of course, being hillary clinton. that doesn't sound very unifying. >> well, as president-elect and as president, that will be his job to see what he can do moving forward with those tones because that was celebrated during the campaign and this might just be perhaps a little left over. >> well, it is certainly
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lle left over, but donald trump has not yet made any adjustment between being a candidate and being the president-elect and eventually the president. when you are president-elect or president, your words matter and the truth or falsity of your words matter. just one quick example, trump insisted before this crowd that he had scored a landslide win. nothing could be further from the truth. hillary clinton is currently just today 2.5 million votes ahead of donald trump in the popular vote. nothing like this has happened in american history. it is the largest margin by far, and his electoral college victory was comfortable but modest. this is not a landslide win. if he continues to make statements like that in each of his speeches, i really don't know how we're going to be able to cover them without spending all of our time fact checking. >> well, let's move on to the
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carrier deal which we saw him agreeing to with mike pence, $7 million worth of incentives to keep 1,000 jobs in the u.s., but still several hundred going to mexico. what's your take on this development? >> it was certainly great news for hundreds of workers in that one place in indiana, and that's great for them. but, you know, we have a workforce approximating 160 million people, and every year millions of jobs come into the united states and go out of the united states. a president of the united states cannot be negotiating with individual corporations to keep jobs here, a few hundred here, a few hundred there. there isn't enough time in the day for a president to do that. so i think while people are delighted for the workers who kept their jobs, they're disturbed by the precedent that has been set here. no prior president has done anything like this. this is left up to the governors
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of individual states, and it is also left up to the labor markets, the global labor markets, not just the national labor markets. >> well, let's turn to his cabinet now. he is going to nominate retired marine general james mattis for secretary of defense which some democrats already oppose him because they say it should be a civilian position, and this isn't the first general trump is appointing. >> trump is clearly very fond of generals. he's going to have at least three in his cabinet and immediate staff and maybe more than that. now, having said that, mattis has a very good reputation and he will probably do a good job as secretary of defense, but he actually needs a special law passed by congress to give him permission to serve because he has not been out of the active military for seven years. so that shows you how unusual this appointment is. >> and the most anticipated position though, secretary of
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state, trump is getting push back from some of his most loyal supporters on the prospect of that job going mitt romney. listen to what former house speaker newt gingrich said. >> you have never, ever in your career seen a serious adult who's wealthy, independent, has been a presidential nominee, suck up at the rate that mitt romney is sing up. i mean i am confident that he thinks now that donald trump is one of his closest friends, that they have so many things in common, that they're both such wise, brilliant people. >> so what do you think of the possibility for mitt romney? how could he be on the trump campaign after all that he said about donald trump? >> it does strain credulity. romney didn't just oppose trump, he called him every name in the book starting with con man. so it is amazing. maybe it is a good thing in
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terms of unifying the republican party of the country. one wonders whether he will get it in the end, though i think with trump anything is possible. but gingrich's comment is representative of most people in the trump campaign, that is both the top-level and i think his base. they really dislike mitt romney and they're amazed that trump is as serious as he is about possibly appointing romney to secretary of state. >> well, and if he does he will probably explain that and how he got there perhaps. well, finally, trump has filed an objection to the michigan recount initiated by the green party, but he argued that the election was rigged before he even won. so why not do the recount? >> well, when trump argued the election was rigged, that was when he and most of the senior people in the republican party believed that he would lose, and that would have been a very convenient excuse for donald
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trump. in his mind i'm sure we've proven that the election wasn't rigged because he won, or at least won the electoral college. as far as the recount goes, i actually think he's right on that. it is not going to change anything. it is a waste of time and money. people have the right, the legal right to do it. they're following through on that right, but it is a distraction. >> larry sabato, thank you so much for joining us and giving us your thoughts. >> well, a bit of a diplomatic dust up is swirling over a phone call between donald trump and pakistan's prime minister. cnn's elise labat has that. >> reporter: it is a country criticized by the u.s. for failing to crack down on terrorism. president-elect donald trump stays pakistan is doing, kwoit, amazing work in every way, a message prime minister sharif delivered in a phone call, promising to do anything to
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solve pakistan's office. sharif saying he would love to come to a fantastic country of fantastic country and fantastic people. trump described the call as productive. >> pakistan is a very, very vital problem and really vital country for us because they have a thing called nuclear weapons. they have to get a hold of their situation. >> reporter: and no mention of his pledge to ban immigrants from terrorist havens like pakistan. >> i think what we're seeing in the early days is a certain amount of winging it. >> reporter: the state department said it had no part in briefing trump beforehand. >> we had no discussion with president-elect trump prior to that call. >> reporter: also announced trump fawned over his president who has had an iron grip since 1991 and has been slammed by human rights groups for torture. the transition said the leaders
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spoke about closer times, but the president said trump told him under his leadership -- >> you don't want to give off signals you didn't mean to give and have to reverse course. >> reporter: he didn't shy away from praise against u.s. adversaries, saying this about vladimir putin. >> if he says great things about me, i will say it about him. >> reporter: he took heat when he didn't bring up the issue. >> who pays for the wall, we didn't discuss. >> reporter: despite u.s. tensions with egypt over its crackdown of political opponents, trump had nothing but praise for president al sisi telling fox business news after meeting in new york. >> a fantastic guy, took control of egypt, really took control of it. >> reporter: these readouts would suggest donald trump is striking up a rapport with world leaders with his out of the box,
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even casual style, but words matter in diplomacy now that trump is president-elect. india, pakistan's archenemy is trying to make sense of the readout but is taking a tongue in cheek approach. the foreign ministry says it hopes trump would help pakistan with its biggest problem, terrorism. >> we turn to other news now. the pain is still raw in south america after the loss of 71 people in a plane crash in colombia. officials confirmed the jet was out of fuel when it went down. bolivia is launching an investigation into the charpter airline. aviation authorities in bolivia suspended the airline's flying permits. most of the passengers were from brazilian football team. goalie is one of six who survived the crash. doctor's had to amputate his right leg but they say he is sedated and doesn't know it yet. 65 of the crash victims will be
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repatriated to brazil on friday. shasta darlington talked to one of them. >> reporter: was rooting for victory when his hometown team got on a plane to colombia. now he's in medellin to pick up his cousin's body, one of 71 people killed on the charter flight killing the soccer team. >> i have to come here to see and to give some comfort to my family that is here also because they know someone is here. >> reporter: nelson foley j. was a member of the board of directors, just 29 years old. he was also the god father to roberto's son. >> we went to disney last august with the whole family just because he was all the time saying we must be all together. we have to be together. >> reporter: he was nielsen's passion. he posted this picture just days
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before leaving for the final. let's go. this kind of loss unimaginable. all of the waiting is just agony for the families, but this is part of the process and it has to be done. every single one of the 71 bodies has to be prepared for repatriation and burial, and because it is happening three days after the crash it is going to take longer, between four and nine hours per body. before being sent to funeral homes the bodies were identified. with no explosion or fire on impact, doctors say it wasn't complicated. they were able to match up their fingerprints to a database. the team doctor flew in from brazil to help. i never in my life imagined going through this, he says. i've been a doctor for 27 years and i never imagined a situation like this. making it so hard to watch the final images of the scrappy
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team. a bow livean network shot what may be the last video of them right before la mia flight 2933 took off. only six people survived. the others, their bodies due to be repatriated in military planes friday afternoon. shasta darlington, cnn, medellin, colombia. >> very tragic. isis has left a toxic legacy south of mosul where oil wells still burn. the heat coming off this fire, it is incredible. it has melted much of the ground around the well. the air, it is thick and foul. it really tastes terrible. it makes your eyes water. >> up next, why efforts to put out the flames could make things even worse. our phil black is there. and the best deals are on the best network. (both) yes! (vo) with no surprise overages, you can use your data worry free and even carry over the data you don't use. and right now get four lines and 20 gigs for only $40 per line.
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cnn's mohammed lela joins us live from istanbul. tell us about the u.n. report painting such a dire picture of the ground. >> there's a u.n. report suggesting 31,000 people have been displaced because of fighting in eastern aleppo. they have identified at least 400 civilians inside of the eastern part of the city in desperate need of emergency medical evacuation. how those people will be eye vacciated when both sides are striking and fighting each other is anyone's guess. to give you a sense of the gravity of the situation, the u.n. says they sent a fact finding mission into one of the neighborhoods retaken by government forces. this is a neighborhood that normally is lively with people living their lives. the u.n. report says they found the neighborhood completely empty of any civilians. of course, the big, dark shadow hanging over all of the conflict, especially in eastern aleppo, is that winter is coming. and a lot of the places where
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the refugees and displaced people are being sheltered simply don't have the necessary survival tools to survive the winter. some people are even being sheltered in abandoned factories, for example. imagine 15,000 or 20,000 people showing up at a factory, they need blankets, food and medicine, all of the things they need to survive, and the factory basically is an empty building. certainly all of this is contributing to the humanitarian crisis that is only getting worse. >> absolutely. it is an unreal scenario and seems like it is always two stems backward and not a step forward. muhammad lila, thank you. the battle to drive isil from mosul in iraq rages on. to the south one town is still suffering even though isis left months ago. the terror group's scorched earth tactics left people with a toxic legacy. our phil black is there. >> reporter: as isis retreated from this territory it transformed the landscape into
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this apocalyptic vision. the group blew up and set fire to 19 oil wells near the town of gayatta. perhaps the hope it would provide cover from air power above. the fires have burned since augustest, lowering the sky, concealing the sun, layering the earth and people's lungs with toxic black filth. >> the heat coming off is terrible. the air is thick and foul. it really tastes terrible. it makes your eyes water. this is the poisonous atmosphere that people in this part of iraq have been breathing in and living with for months. >> reporter: there's now a desperate effort to fix the wells, but lead engineer tells me it is a difficult, complex process. >> very technical, yes. >> reporter: he says you can't just put the fire out because that would release vast amounts
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of deadly fumes. first, earth moving equipment is used to contain the fire and channel the flowing, bubbling oil in oil. then workers dig through the flames trying to keep the oil and equipment cool as they haul out mounds of smoking sludge and earth. gaze through the flames and you can see the fire's red hot core. they need to get through all of this to find the head of the well. only then can they determine the extent of the damage and what must be done to close it. workers here say the nature of the job is always challenging and dangerous, and in the beginning they had to cope with isis as well. this man says you'll be trying to dig out the fires and they will be shooting at you. you will be using the hose and mortars will start coming in. the group also left mines around the burning wells, most haven't been cleared yet. it is too early to accurately estimate the value of the wasted
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oil or the cost of the repair work. the final figure will be many millions of dollars. the human cost is more disturbing. families live beneath the towering columns of smoke and a sky that always feels like twilight. children's faces and hands are stained by the same air they breathe. a dark shadow now hangs over their health, their future because of yet another toxic legacy left behind by isis. phil black, cnn, northern iraq. >> and the children keep smiling. the united nations admits it did not do enough to prevent the cholera outbreak in haiti that killed at least 10,000 people after the 2010 earthquake. >> on behalf of the united nations, i want to say very clearly we apologize to the haitian people. we simply did not do enough with
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regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in haiti. we are profoundly sorry for our error. >> the asian ambassador to the u.n. welcomed the acknowledgement, but haiti still needs money from u.n. members to improve its healthcare, water and sanitation systems. russia's leader says he wants to work with donald trump but some think he is trying to manipulate the u.s. president-elect. we'll look into that coming next here. you're watching "cnn newsroom." the real gift isn't what's inside the box... it's what's inside the person who opens it. give ancestrydna, the simple dna test that can reveal their ethnic origins. order now at ancestrydna.com and save 10%. rest
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♪ and welcome back to ow viewers here in the u.s. and around the world many you are watching "cnn news." room. i'm natalie allen. u.s. president-elect trump on a thank you tour. he promised to unite the country and secure american interests. trump publicly confirmed his choice for secretary of defense. he wants retired marine general james mattis to lead the pentagon. south korea's opposition party plan to vote next week on impeaching the president. she denies any wrong doing, but has offered to resign. park is accused of letting her friend view confidential documents and presidential speeches. thailand has a new king. crown prince has accepted the government's invitation to assume his father's role. he honored his late father a few hours ago with a buddhist prayer
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ritual in bangkok. his father died in october. tens of thousands of muslims protested in indonesia. they say the city's christian governor insulted islam during a campaign speech and should not be allowed to govern a majority musl muslim city. a similar rally last month led to clashes with police. russian president vladimir putin has once again signalled he wants to work with donald trump's white house. some skeptics say he has an ulterior motive. cnn's brian todd takes a look. ♪ >> reporter: trump eting and fan fare for vladimir putin as the russian strongman and president delivered his kwif lnt of the state of the union. american diplomats and analysts are combing through putin's words about how russia's relationship may change under the incoming trump administration. we count on uniting our efforts
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with the united states to fight a real, not a made-up threat, which is international terrorism. >> reporter: the example he cited, russia's intervention in syria, but there's a big difference there in how russia and the americans want to fight terrorism. putin's speech comes at a time when russia's relationship is at its lowest point since the cold war. putin said it is important for russia's dealing to be on a, quote, equal and beneficial basis. experts say it is pure swagger from the russian president. >> he is trying to say we're coming from a different position, from a position of strength, and let's work together but you have to respect us and you can't talk down to us and you can't lecture us. >> reporter: putin feels emboldened, turning the tide for assad in syria. he brushed off as a myth that russian intelligence meddled in america's election process. he says they agreed the relationship has to be straightened out.
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one of the ulterior motives could be to get trump to lighten the sanctions. >> we will be looking at that. >> reporter: putin is a master at exploiting the openings. >> he chooses carefully the setting and environment he wants in place when he has a meeting with a foreign leader, whether it is bringing a dog to a meeting to scare angela merkel or whether it is invading syria so he can have a different conversation about ukraine and sanctions with the new american administration. >> reporter: but some experts worry if trump act impulsively or doesn't rely on solid advice he could be an easy target for putin's manipulation. >> former kgb agent watching trump's behavior, he is salivating, like this guy throwing a temper tantrum, totally undisciplined, can't stay focused. putin is thinking to himself this is going to be an incredible god send for me. >> reporter: we asked president-elect trump's
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transition team for a response to that. we didn't hear back. analysts say putin has a short window of time to win concessions from the new american president. they point to president obama's attempt to reset with russia early in his administration, and george w. bush saying he looked putin in the eye and gotten a sense of his soul. it wasn't long before putin and both of those american presidents couldn't stand each other. brian todd, cnn, washington. we'll wait and see where that relationship goes, won't we. a political shock in france where president francois hollande says he will not run for a second term. it is first time in over 50 years a sitting french president has decided not to seek reelection. he has some of the lowest approval ratings ever. his administration struggled to revive the economy. >> translator: power, the exercise of power, the corridors of power, the rituals of power have never made me lose
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perspective, either over myself or the situation, because i have to act. and today i am conscious of the risks that would result from a step, my own, that did not unite enough people behind me. i have therefore decided not to be a candidate for the presidential election. mr. hollande leaves behind a divided left. the socialist candidate could be prime minister. of the center right conservative party is leading in the hole. the controversy maureen lepen from the far right national front has been gaining ground. the rise of populism across europe will face a major test in austria. voters hit the polls again on sunday, leftist candidate who you see here on the left won the election in may, but a rerun was ordered because of voting irregularities, and nor bert hofford could become the first far right head of state in europe since world war ii. he has been very vocal against the hot button issue of immigration. cnn's atika shubert reports from
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vienna on the so-called identity movement. >> reporter: vienna, austria. the city is a living monument to centuries of european history and heritage, at its center is a statue of 'em press maria theresa sitting on her throne. monday night, they arrived lights flashing. they used a crane to host a giant black islamic face veil on to the statute and penned this sign, islamization, no thanks it read. >> my generation must never ask if you want this mass immigration and islamization and population replacement in your country. >> reporter: 27 year old martin zel never is a veteran of the movement, posting you tube videos and tee shirts he designs himself, with our europe. he met us at a typical cafe. >> my biggest fear is at some
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point demographics could kill democracy. >> reporter: so you're not a white supremacist or a white nationalist? >> not at all. i think we're just patriots. i think the problem is not people, the problem is a system. that's why we also check like the entity of anti-semitism, or something like that, with just identifying the problem with certain people. i think that's stupid and wrong. >> reporter: but the identity movement does single out one group, muslims. only an estimated 7% ofa streens are muslim, but in vienna and its suburbs where zelner grew up, the demographics are 12% with is a majority muslim. he claims this is islamization. >> a majority of them are largely against democracy, anti-semitic, and more than 70% of them say for them the ethnic
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identity is more important than the austrian citizenship. >> reporter: last year it was overwhelmed with refugees, most moved to germany but 90,000 claimed asylum in austria, prompting the government to cap it at 80 a day. but that wasn't enough for zelner. he and other identity movement activists hand out fliers calling for austria to shut its borders all together. now he believes that god emperor donald trump as he cheekily refers to u.s. president-elect trump, will bring a change to europe. >> do you think there will be a trump effect? >> yes, absolutely. the idea you have the right to close your borders, to be patriotic without a feeling of guilt. >> reporter: but cultural blends do have their benefits. >> i think it is possible.
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you have different ethnic communities, especially in vienna for example, the coffee that we're drinking is something brought here but the turks. it doesn't have to be a complete exchange of populations. >> reporter: vienna's famous cafe is an eual balance of black coffee and creamy milk foam. it seems that blend is fine for drinking, but people he says need a different balance. atika shubert, cnn, vienna. we want to turn now to the state of tennessee. the death toll has risen to 11 since wildfires swept throug the gatlinburg area this week. dozens are injured. the fires are blamed for scorching thousands of acres and burning hundreds of buildings and homes. meantime, crews are extending their search into previously inaccessible areas to look for those missing. one man searching for his wife
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and daughters say he's hoping for a miracle. the fires are still burning across the southeast. our meteorologist derrick van dan is following the story for us. derrick, there's some rain that's come to the southeast, but gatlinburg, it is such an important area, economic area since it is a tourist area as well, not only for the people that live there but work there. >> all of the people that visit that area, i'm sure both of us have been there, i know i have. >> i have. >> it is a lovely place to visit and to see the images is absolutely devastating. we've investigated just how many fires are ongoing across this area, and the coverage of this particular chimney top 2 fire is what they call it, the one that burnt through gatlinburg, and we have loaded on google earth here just the scar, the burning area. there's pigeon forge to the north, here's gatlinburg. this is the chimney tops 2 fire, and it gives you a perspective how large this fire actually is. we calculated some of the
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numbers, and this is really astounding. you have to see this. it has burned over 26 square miles, which is equivalent of 17,000 acres. guess what. that land consumed from the chimney top two fire is more than that of all of manhattan. if you have traveled to new york, you know just how big it is. you can imagine when you put this up against the fire and the burned area so far, that is a significant amount of coverage. well, we want to show you these before and after images courtesy of digital globe 2016. you can see some of the burn scars leftover from the fire as it swept through this region. you see that shading of red and orange. that of course is the shrubbery, the trees, and if we zoom in even a little closer you will be able to see some of the homes. not to belittle the situation, but these are people's memories, these are people's lively hoods we are talking about here destroyed in a matter of moments. it is really difficult to see
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this, but it is important that we get the story out there because it has been so devastating for the southeast, the fires that have just plagued this particular region. of course, there's been some much-needed rainfall, but we've talked to experts and the two to 3 inches of rain that fell over the past couple of days is only enough to really help quell the fires for one or two days from now, but the drought is so persistent across the region we need a multi-day rain event to help completely extinguish the fires. right now that chimney top two fire is at zero% containment. still smoldering around the outer periphery and has the potential to spread before rain settles in. the good news is there's light at the end of the tunnel here. we have a storm system that will bring several days of rain to the south and east. will it be enough? only time will tell, but there's the potential for at least a few inches of rainfall across the region, especially to the south of the ongoing fires that
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continue to batter the south eastern united states. natalie, very difficult to see. >> right. the fire you were just describing there, do they know how that started? >> unfortunately, they believe that it was manmade, natalie. >> that makes it much even worse, doesn't it? >> absolutely. >> derrick, thank you. well, the effort to end modern day slavery, some high school students have joined in, racing to save the lives of trafficking victims. we'll have their story and their effort for you coming next here on cnn news room.
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♪ hundreds of high school students in hong kong have pushed themselves to exhaustion, running a 24-hour endurance race to save the lives of human
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trafficking victims. cnn's parent company turner was a sponsor of the event. alexandra field with the cnn freedom project shows us how the students did. >> ready, set. whew! >> reporter: some of these teenagers are athletes, runners and swimmers used to competition, but few have faced a challenge like this. for 24 hours teams of eight from hong kong-based schools will run continuous relay lapse, a bold mission to raise awareness of modern day slavery, and money to fight human trafficking. >> it's really like important for each other, for all of us to motivate one another. >> and just keeping the main idea in mind, that we're doing this for a good cause, and this is 24 hours compared to our entire lives which most people go through. >> reporter: the global slavery index estimates there are 45.8 million enslaved people across the world and two-thirds of them are in asia. for the seventh year the
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nonprofit running to stop traffic is putting on this race, entirely organized by high school students. they race along hong kong's victoria peak and partner with runners in kuala lumpur, singapore and south korea. together the asia relays raised more than $700,000 u.s. dollars since 2010. >> slowly i started to go back to hi home roots. when i found occupant about the problem of slavery in india, i felt really bad because i felt i'm living in a privileged area of hong kong. i always go back and i slowly got interested in the 24 hour race itself. >> reporter: at 5:00 on a sunday morning the finish line feels far. >> very, very tired. four hours to go. a few of us have injuries and some of us are starting to get a bit sick. when you get a cramp and you're running, you feel like you can't go on anymore, just think about what they're going through and keep ongoing for them when you can't go on for yourself, like
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when you want to give up, go on for the cause. >> reporter: the fuel for these runners, fighting for so many others. alexandra field, cnn, hong kong. for more on that story and our other stories, you can go to cnn.com/freedom for our freedom project stories we do here. coming up, kids discover santa comes in all different colors.
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five, four, three, two, one! hey! merry christmas, everybody! >> and there it is, the obamas officially welcomed the holiday lighting the national christmas tree on thursday, the last time they will carry out that tradition as the first family of the u.s. president obama called for unity, decency and hope this holiday season. well, in the run up to christmas we know santas are a fixture across the u.s. malls. at shopping centers big and small, they greet children, they ask them the presents they want and they have a standard look,
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too, red coats, fur caps, white beards. as our minneapolis, minnesota affiliate found, santas can be full of surprises. >> just saturday i was doing a paefrt for an event and one child said, santa, you're brown. and i said, yes, i am. i says, but santa comes in many different colors. and he just says, oh. and i gave him a candy cane and he ran out. kids are kids, they're very innocent and love santa. ho-ho-ho! >> they just want santa to bring them they're toys. cleaning up after man's best friend may be the worst part of being a dog owner, but one puppy aims to fix that. he may not be house broken, but he has another unique talent. here is jeannie mows to tell you about it. >> ever wish you pet one clean up its own mess. meet pablo, a three-month-old
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pit bug. >> can i have my chains, boy. >> he belongs to a 21-year-old texas rapper who calls himself billie bands. when he went out of town, billie left pablo at a friend's and pablo had an accident on the bathroom floor. this is what his caretaker came home to. a toilet paper covered puddle. billie, whose real name is acelynn hampton posted the video tweeting, my dog [ bleep ] on the floor and trying to clean it up. can't whop his blooup for this one. he said he never whips him, it is just an expression. you think pablo went over and unrolled the toilet paper himself? >> yes, only because he's pretty smart. >> reporter: the internet swooned over the ever so clean canine. apparently he absorbed a lesson after seeing billie use paper
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towels to clean up after his pup. he is a star now. >> yeah, he is. girl messaging him trying to match him up and girls talking about hopefully they can meet him some day and stuff like that, i'm just, oh. >> reporter: the overshadowed rapper tweeted pablo about to blow up before me. now the pit bull has his own twitter account thanks to billie. we will never know if paub low was trying to clean up his puddle or conceal it but as one commenter noted, i know humans who don't do that. jeannie moos, cnn new york. >> pablo, our dog of the day. thanks for watching. i'm natalie allen. "early start" is next for viewers here in the u.s. see you later.
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♪ from now on, it's going to be america first. okay? america first. >> dronald trump launching his thank you tour, vowing to lift up the working class and put this country first. >> the president-elect announcing his choice for secretary of defense, but he will need special clearance from congress before assuming the post. high anxiety over david petraeus's possibility of being secretary of state. tgif.

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